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Pitino notes lie detector corroborates his statements

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The annals of the FBI scandal which rocked the University of Louisville basketball program now house a new chapter that many suspected on Wednesday as former coach Rick Pitino stated in an interview with ESPN’s Jay Bilas that he took and passed a lie detector test which proved he had no knowledge of a pay for play …

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Padgett adds Trent Johnson to Louisville staff

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Louisville coach David Padgett needed a strong assistant coach as he sails what could be uncharted waters in abruptly being named head coach upon the firing of Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino last month.  Enter former college basketball coach Trent Johnson, who was sidelined last season after his firing from TCU. Johnson was a head coach …

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Assistants change as Cardinals’ staff upheaval continues

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross For a moment interim-head coach David Padgett was flying solo today as the staff upheaval with the Louisville Cardinals basketball program continues. Interim-AD Vince Tyra put assistants Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair on administrative leave while he shuffled to name assistants to join Padgett at practice later in the day.  At just after 2 p.m. CST, Louisville …

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Krzyzewski says college basketball model needs work

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski weighed in on the landscape of college basketball on Tuesday and noted that much of the sport’s problems center around the lack of change as opposed to other entities inside the game. He even noted the changes from middle school to high school to college to the NBA are major, but …

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Bennett picks up point guard for 2018 recruiting class

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By Ken Cross As Devon Hall finishes his Virginia career on the point on at a 2-guard this season, Virginia coach Tony Bennett fortified the point guard position today in receiving a commitment from Woodland Hills, CA native Kihei Clark. Clark, a diminutive 5-9, 145-pound point guard, from Taft High School had lots of interest on the west coast, but …

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Rumor mill pointing at Padgett as Cardinals’ interim coach

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross With Hall of Fame Coach Rick Pitino on “administrative leave,” it stands to reason that someone from the staff who knows the program and it’s players should be named the coach on the interim.  David Padgett is the likely choice to lead Louisville into the 2017-18 season and possibly even further. Padgett’s history is steeped into the …

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Three-point play: Tri-captains, Recruiting, NCAA transfer rule outlined by Pitino

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By Ken Cross The Louisville Cardinals are getting ready for one of the most deep and talented teams of the Rick Pitino era. The chemistry and definition of the basketball team was capitalized with the election of Anas Mahmoud, Deng Adel, and Quentin Snyder as the tri-captains for the 2017-18 campaign. “I am surprised but very excited to see that …

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ACC Notes: Adel’s return signals big things for Cardinals

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By Ken Cross Embed from Getty Images After Donovan Mitchell and Jaylen Johnson departed Louisville for the NBA Draft, the Cardinals were relieved when the 6-7 junior Deng Adel pulled his name out and announced on May 24 that he was coming back for his junior season. Adel is a huge piece of the puzzle for the Cardinals as coach Rick Pitino …